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When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that one of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at. Read more >>>
Chemical spills, lack of protective gear endanger Creative Foam workers who make auto parts for Ford, GM, Mercedes, Toyota at Dayton plant
Complaint comes as workers prepare to vote on joining UAW in effort to win safe, good jobs
Dayton, Ohio – Autoworkers at the Creative Foam plant in Dayton filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an investigation into widespread hazards at the factory, including dangerous chemical leaks and spills, a lack of proper protective gear, and insufficient training on how to handle toxic chemicals that can cause workers to develop asthma and other serious respiratory problems.Read more >>>
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand. As a result of these investments, 1,000 new jobs will be created, subject to market conditions. Read more >>>
July 14, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) received two pieces of good news today – the first confirming that it would build the Jeep Cherokee when it moves from its current home in Toledo in 2017 and the second announcing that it has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Read more >>>
In July 2015, Nabisco (Mondelez) announced it had decided to invest $130 million in a plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing it in its iconic Southside Chicago Nabisco bakery. Mondelez called on the workers, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, to come up with $46 million in annual savings (in perpetuity) at the Chicago facility for the company, or it would take the $130 million planned investment to its Salinas, Mexico bakery. Read more >>>
Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. Read more >>>
President Dennis Williams’ Statement on Recent Violent Events
Once again, the UAW like all Americans mourns the loss of two black men seemingly profiled, one in front of a convenience store and one at a traffic stop, and the Dallas police officers who were doing their duty at a peaceful protest. We must find a way together to heal racial divides and differences. We must reject violence and unite as a community to peacefully resolve our differences. America deserves no less.
Historic partnership launches crowd funding campaign to create park, historical site in southwest Detroit
DETROIT – A large and diversified group of partners have come together to create an urban park in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, and they are seeking support from the community.
The Fort Rouge Gateway Project, or FRoG, is a partnership of 16 entities covering private enterprise, non-profit, local government and education. They have joined forces to create a “pocket park” and historical commemorative site in southwest Detroit in the shadow of the newly erected Fort Street Bridge.Read more >>>
Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including eight winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 32 states. The UAW winners are:
VIDEO: Nissan technician Robert Hathorn speaks in Washington at DNC platform committee hearings
Thank you to Nissan technician Robert Hathorn for speaking in Washington, yesterday to the committee drawing up the platform for the Democratic Party. Hathorn discussed the temporary worker issue, the threats Nissan has made toward union supporters, and the unequal playing field.
UAW President Dennis Williams addresses UAW Members across the country on the occasion of Workers Memorial Day. Watch the full address below. Click "read more" for transcript.Read more >>>
More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>
Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable
“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>
Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.Read more >>>
Ex Chairman Malone still stands ready to help his Local's members and retirees! Read more >>>
Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at cdc.gov/screenforlife
What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Columbia Graduate Workers Win Parental Leave, Childcare Subsidies, Other Changes from Administration
Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering
NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.Read more >>>
Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.
As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.Read more >>>
A Look Back at Our Local's History
Check out this article that Retiree President and Aerospace Editor Gene Lantz put out as a pamphlet back in 1985 and his thoughts about how that struggle has impacted us today! labordallas.org/hist/848-8485.htm
Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant
Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.Read more >>>
Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.
Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.Read more >>>
“Once again in the wee hours of the morning Michigan’s Republican legislators attacked teachers rather than address the real issues facing our schools. We are outraged that public officials are putting our children at risk. Teachers who spend the most time developing our children should be treated with dignity and respect. Read more >>>
The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.Read more >>>
The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.Read more >>>
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>
Brings total announced investments in Tennessee to $936.7 million in 2016
Bay City Powertrain operation to get $118 million to support engine project
SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 and retaining 16 jobs. At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility, creating 29 and retaining 67 jobs.Read more >>>
The following article appeared as part of the Labor Voices series in the Detroit News. It was authored by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles.
Strong communities are based upon a workforce that earns livable wages and benefits. Well-paying jobs are the basic building blocks for creating well-established homes, communities and securing our country’s economic future.Read more >>>
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Read more >>>
UAW Retiree Thomas Kelly wins Michigan Heritage Award
Michigan Heritage Award honors those who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity.
UAW retiree Thomas Kelly says he sings in an a cappella gospel quartet because The Lord calls him to do so. At 102-years old, the former maintenance worker at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant remains grateful for a long life that’s had a lot of blessings: his spirituality, family, a beautiful voice, and a UAW retirement that has allowed him the financial ability to continue to sing for four decades after he retired.
Add another blessing to the list: Earlier this month, he was named one of the 2016 Michigan Heritage Award recipients, which honor individuals who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity. The awards program is administered by the Michigan State University Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Kelly will receive the award in a ceremony on Aug. 14 in Lansing. You can read more about Brother Kelly in the March-April issue of Solidarity magazine.
Marick F. Masters, director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, is pleased to announce that Labor@Wayne will honor Dennis Williams, president of the UAW International Union, at the sixth annual Labor Leaders on Labor Forum on April 28. Williams will give a keynote speech titled “The State of Labor and the Auto Industry” from 1:15 to 2 p.m. at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Read more >>>
Photos: Fight for $15 National Day of Action
UAW members around the country join with Fight for $15. Click the photo to view the full gallery:
Days after millions of workers in California and thousands in Pennsylvania won historic pay increases to $15/hr and amidst ongoing negotiations for $15/hr for millions more in New York, the unstoppable momentum of the Fight for $15 campaign for $15 and union rights continued to build as underpaid workers across the globe said they waged one of the largest-ever day of strikes and protests on April 14.
Fast-food workers went on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care and higher education workers—led hundreds of protests from Manchester, NH to Memphis, Tenn. to Marina Del Rey, Calif. Around the world, workers will join in, with protests expected in more than 40 countries on six continents.
American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.
The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen today won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation.
A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. Today’s order, in effect, upholds the results of the election, which the NLRB supervised.Read more >>>
For updates go to standuptoverizon.com
After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia walked off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike is by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.Read more >>>
New Programs and Renovations unveiled at Chapel Vision Community Development Corporation
In honor of National Love Our Children Day, UAW-Ford unveiled its community contributions to Chapel Vision Community Development Center during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 2.Read more >>>
The Easiest Way to Slow the Economy
America's wages are not what's hurting manufacturing. It's currency manipulation and unfair trade practices. Germany’s average manufacturing hourly pay was $48.98 in 2013, one-third higher than in the U.S. Yet Germany’s manufacturing sector has remained stable in the face of competition from China, while the U.S. has lost 5.4 million manufacturing jobs since 1997. If higher wages hurt manufacturing competitiveness, we would expect Germany to be doing worse than the U.S.
Check out these articles from the Economic Policy Institute:
The new Steering Committee met on December 2nd to discuss the issues at Triumph. Read more >>>
Take Action: Sign me up for Fair Trade
I took an action on Action Network called "Sign me up for Fair Trade."
Early in 2016, Congress will probably vote on yet another of their secret "free trade agreements." Like NAFTA and the others, it was all planned out by corporations without any workers or environmentalists. Big Pharma was among those corporations and high drug prices are always their priority! Sign up to fight for Fair Trade, not "free trade!"
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MSF Policy Changes
Marshall Street management continues to make policy changes that, at best, appear very questionable. At the membership meeting on Sunday, August 16th, many members voiced their concerns over several policy changes that Triumph management has announced recently. The most recent change regarding the Quality Policy was the most discussed.
Members talked about how the Company is not accurately distributing WT’s to the appropriate employee. Their statements were followed with suggestions by leadership. Brian Caldwell expressed that all assemblers should regularly check what WT’s, tags, or other defects may be charged to them. If there is an error, immediately address it with your supervisor and Steward. Another scenario that was discussed was to make sure planning is concurrent to any WT or defect. One member pointed out that she had built an assembly to one planning that was then changed after she built it, and the Company attempted to discipline her on the new planning.
Grievance Chairman Fernando Argumaniz, the Grievance Committee, and our Stewards have been very busy preparing to resolve issues these new policies have created. Several policy grievances have been filed, and charges to attain relief through the National Labor Relations Board are also being sought.
We will keep the membership informed with any results we see in our attempts to resolve these issues that have not been negotiated with us, and attempt to find positive remedies.
848 Continues its Efforts to Secure a Red Oak CBA and Jefferson Street Closure Effects Agreement
On July 29, 2015, UAW Local 848 and its Red Oak negotiating team again went to the bargaining table with Triumph in an attempt to secure a Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Red Oak facility. Unfortunately, no Agreement has been reached at this time. The next date that the Company has available and has agreed to meet with the Union is August 25, 2015.
On August 28, 2015, the Union will meet with Triumph and continue to negotiate the effects of the closure of the Jefferson Street facility.
Please keep the efforts of Local 848 and its bargaining teams in your prayers and prayer circles.
Local 848 has been extremely busy since the beginning of the year and it appears there’s not any slowing down in sight. Early this year, Local 848 began its collective bargaining efforts with Raytheon and completed an Agreement, but left unfinished business with respect to effects bargaining that has yet to be completed. We look forward to receiving dates from Raytheon soon to enter into those talks relating to the closure of its present facility and the move to its new facility in Richardson, TX. Those dates will be published when they are known.
On March 23, 2015, the Triumph Marshall Street negotiations began and by the 24th of April, the Company’s last, best, and final proposal was presented to the negotiating committee. On April 27, 2015, the membership ratified the Agreement. During those negotiations, effects bargaining for the closure of Triumph’s Jefferson Street facility began, however both sides agreed that the effects negotiations would have to continue outside of the Marshall Street negotiations. Those dates will be publicized when they are set.
That brings us to our latest efforts to secure an Agreement for Triumph’s Red Oak facility. In early May, the temporary negotiating committee started putting together the Union’s proposals based on a survey of the bargaining unit employees, coupling both economic and non-economic proposals to be presented to the Company. The temporary committee is manned by Adam Rondon, Corey Gregg, and Jimmy Ricks and they have worked fervently to prepare the Union’s proposals for the first-time Agreement at the Red Oak facility.
The Company and the Union continue to set dates for further negotiations in an attempt to get an Agreement. Both the International Union and Local 848 are committed to reaching a fair and equitable Agreement for the collective bargaining unit at Triumph’s Red Oak facility.
There has been an informational meeting set for the employees that signed Union membership cards. If you are a bargaining unit employee at Red Oak who has not yet signed a membership card and wish to attend the informational meeting, there will be membership cards available for you to fill out and turn in at the meeting location. This is an important meeting and a great opportunity for Red Oak bargaining unit employees to gather information and voice their opinions. The meeting is set for June 30, 2015 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. There will be a meeting for second shift employees at 1:30pm and one for first shift employees at 3:45pm. I strongly encourage the bargaining unit employees of Red Oak to attend. Again, there will be membership cards available for employees that have not yet signed a membership card but wish to do so and attend the meeting.
As I previously stated, negotiations are ongoing with much work to do for the Red Oak facility, Jefferson Street closure effects, and Raytheon’s move effects bargaining all still in front of us. I ask all of our members, their families, and prayer circles to include these tasks in your prayers. Pray that favor goes before us in all three of these daunting tasks so we may achieve fair and settled Agreements.
Triumph Benefits Coordinator
Per Letter of Agreement 8 in the 2010 Triumph CBA and due to the decrease in the number of Marshall Street bargaining unit employees, the Triumph Benefits Coordinator's (Brett Buie) hours have changed. He is now available Monday through Friday in the afternoons at the Union Hall. Brett can be reached during this time (or you can leave a message for him at any time) at 972-264-2439 or email@example.com.
Negotiations Update - December 9, 2014
Brothers and Sisters,
Late on Friday, December 5, 2014, the Union was notified that the arbitrator had made his decision known. It is a great disappointment that our policy grievance arbitration did not go our way. We have not received the written decision yet, but we expect it soon.
I held informational meetings at the plant for first and second shift Triumph employees on Monday, December 8, 2014. We are in the process of calling a special call Executive Board meeting so that we can hold a special members meeting on December 14, 2014 to discuss this turn of events and how it affects our Local and our membership.
The second installment of a series of "Thanksgiving" articles. Read more >>>
The first installment of a series of "Thanksgiving" articles. Read more >>>
“Thanksgiving” is a series of articles submitted by UAW Local 848 members and posted on the website for the purpose of uplifting our members in this time of struggle. This series is intended to be posted from November 26, 2014 until January 2, 2015.
The wheels of justice can turn slowly in labor law cases. Read more >>>
An article in the November 9, 2014 Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News talks about the Jefferson faciltiy, brings up part of its historic past, and sheds a bit of light into the future. Read more >>>
Results from the November 4, 2014 Special Election Runoff. Read more >>>
Results from the October 28, 2014 Special Election. Read more >>>
Arbitration Update - October 24, 2014
Final briefs were submitted by both parties to the arbitrator on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. We are hoping to have an answer within 45 days, as this is the time period in which most arbitrations are settled. We will let you know when we learn the outcome of this very important judgement.
Information for Members on Layoff
To remain a UAW Local 848 member in good standing after being laid off, the following steps must be adhered to:
• Within the last ten (10) days of the first six (6) months of being laid off, you must submit a letter to the Financial Secretary of Local 848 requesting to remain in good standing.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and your desire to remain a member in good standing with Local 848.
Triumph Contract Negotiations
Check for updates on the Triumph Negotiations under the "2013 Contract Negotiations" category here!
UAW 848 Leadership (as of 06/27/2016)
Information to all UAW Local 848 members regarding the passing of a union dues increase at the UAW Constitutional Convention. Read more >>>
Retiree Leroy Hudgens explains why he volunteered to increase his retiree dues. Read more >>>
Listen to Retirees, Learn History
Listen to Retirees, Learn History
by Gene Lantz
Fidel Conde was one of about 500 Mexican Americans brought from the Valley to LTV while Lyndon Johnson was President. Many of them, and their descendants, made aircraft parts there for the rest of their careers.
For a video interview with Fidel Conde, click on http://youtu.be/2p6IqebYG2A.
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Local 848 celebrates 70 years!
"Veteran" designation available on Texas driver license. Read more >>>
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The latest edition of Solidarity magazine is online!
The March-April 2015 edition of the Solidarity magazine can be viewed at: http://digital.turn-page.com/t/13433.